Aretha Franklin and Willie Wilkerson: Engaged!

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Does this make Willie Wilkerson the King of Soul?

Call him what you want, he's engaged to Aretha Franklin!

The iconic singer, 69, is planning to marry her "forever friend" Wilkerson, her rep confirms, adding that they are discussing tying the knot on Miami Beach, with an exclusive reception aboard a private yacht. Here's a photo of the soon-to-be newlyweds:

Willie Wilkerson, Aretha Franklin

On the celebrity fashion front, Aretha "is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown," says her rep.

Franklin, who lost 85 pounds last year after a health scare, said "I feel fabulous."

Adds the singer herself of the upcoming nuptials to Willie Wilkerson: "We're looking at June or July for our date and no, I'm not pregnant, LOL!"

LOL, indeed. And congratulations!



I find it very exciting that Aretha is finding love again!
I have always loved her music for she can truly SANG! Congratulations REE-REE, it's so good to know that you are RECOVERING as well!


Finally men have started thinking of having a wife for Love. not like most men that are over 50 and still marries girls of under 25. people like Hefner, Trump etc. what really annoys me is when people blame the young girls for getting what they want and leaving the old fools. when you get married to your age mate,then u are 100 sure ´it is Love´




I could not be any less interested. I find her completely uninteresting in every way.


dont mean to be hateful but...she's a MAN, BABY! be smart and get a prenup, reefa.


Aretha Franklin and Willie Wilkerson Engagement Photos and official statement here -


@ Free Britney,
I have to give you a shout out for including Aretha in today's reporting!!
It is No secret that Aretha is *my absolute favorite performer. She and Willie have been connected for years as friends and as a couple. Thank you for including Aretha in today's reporting.
Continued best to you for a swell 2012!!

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